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The Religious Literacy Assessment Program is part of the Partners in Learning initiative begun in 2000 between the Australian Catholic University and CEO Wollongong. Its goal is a practical assessment and reporting system at a diocesan level that contributes to gathering information about the process of learning in Religious Education. Its aim is to document and report on students’ learning in RE and be able to tell that story on a continuing basis. The Religious Literacy assessment is placed in Year 4, Stage 2 in Primary and in Year 8, Stage 4 in Secondary.


One goal of this project is for ACU to assist the Diocese and schools in telling the story regarding learning and assessment in the area of Religious Education in primary schools.

An important element of the partnership is that parents, teachers, clergy and other groups will be involved in documenting and sharing the good news about students' learning in this very important key learning area and telling the story on a continuing basis.

Being religiously literate requires children leaving a Catholic primary school to be able to communicate with and be at home in Catholic society and religion in general. Thus assessment of religious literacy will focus on students’ knowledge and understanding of the key concepts that are being addressed by the Religious Education program and the ability of the children to communicate with their religious tradition.